Leadership takes practice.
It's an investment of time and also into people, according to Shawna K. Squibb, a 2013 Leadership Fort Wayne program graduate. Squibb, an associate bursar in the Office of the Bursar at IPFW, has a degree in organizational leadership and supervision.
Based on personal experience and reviewing some recent Lead On blog posts, she decided to share the following thoughts:
It is important as a leader to understand weaknesses and strengths of yourself and also to help your employees understand their strengths and weaknesses. A tool I have used with my teams are the “Strengths Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath. This is a short read and online testing tool that has the reliability of Gallup’s 40 year study of human strengths. There is then a book “Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams and Why People Follow” that every leader should read. Another wonderful, quick read for any supervisor/manager/leader is “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.
One of the hurdles I have experienced myself as a leader is understanding the amount of time and my employer understanding the amount of time needed in order to supply the team with the needed inputs of training and development in a continual manner. If we don’t feed the team and we allow ourselves to become stagnant that energy will dissipate. Leadership is an art and a science and one must try different things, evaluate, and practice continually.
I believe at the end of the day it all comes down to the understanding that any organization is a living entity. It can be healthy or unhealthy depending upon leadership. We have all felt that in our lives. The way a particular group makes you feel. Whether it is in the workplace, church, school, or other social group there are some groups that energize you by being a part and some that bring you down. The goal as leaders is to ensure your team is energized.
Even if you have an organization that is unhealthy you can have a vibrant team within that organization that is a great place to work. It takes work and it takes time.
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